Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site

 
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This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. In the early 1800s, William Brailsford of Charleston carved a rice plantation from marshes along the Altamaha River. The plantation and its inhabitants were part of the genteel low country society that developed during the antebellum period. While many factors made rice cultivation increasingly difficult in the years after the Civil War, the family continued to grow rice until 1913.

The enterprising siblings of the fifth generation at Hofwyl-Broadfield resolved to start a dairy rather than sell their family home. The efforts of Gratz, Miriam and Ophelia Dent led to the preservation of their family legacy. Ophelia was the last heir to the rich traditions of her ancestors, and she left the plantation to the state of Georgia in 1973.

A museum features silver from the family collection and a model of Hofwyl-Broadfield during its heyday. A brief film on the plantation’s history is shown before visitors walk a short trail to the antebellum home. A guided tour allows visitors to see the home as Ophelia kept it with family heirlooms, 18th and 19th century furniture and Cantonese china. A stop on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, this is an excellent spot to look for herons, egrets, ibis and painted buntings. A nature trail that leads back to the Visitors Center along the edge of the marsh where rice once flourished.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

N 31.304883 | W -081.460383
Located between Brunswick and Darien on U.S. Highway 17, 1 mile east of I-95 exit #42.


Address
5556 U.S. Highway 17 N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Glynn County
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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
5556 U.S. Highway 17 N
Brunswick, GA 31525 View Details


  31.304883
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site

 


Phone
912-264-7333

Hofwyl-Broadfield's Old Rice Fields
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
What today is seen as marshland was once the highly cultivated basis of a coastal agricultural empire. Learn about how the marshes became some of the most valuable property in Georgia...  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
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Sixth Annual Albert Fendig - Hofwyl Plein Air Affair
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Bring your plein air gear for fun and camaraderie with lots to paint in this historic setting. No prizes, no judging, just good camaraderie and big fun...  $5.00 Youth (6 - 17) $7.00 Senior (62 and over) $8.00 Adult 912-264-7333.
Handicapped Accessible
9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Children 10 and younger can bring baskets and join in on our Easter egg hunt. There will be separate hunting areas for age groups, with games and crafts before and after the big search. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance to greet children and pose for photographs.  $5.00 Youth (6 - 17). $7.00 Senior (62 and above). $8.00 Adult 912-264-7333.
38th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house...  $5 - $10. 912-264-7333.
Handicapped Accessible
Contacts
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Sandra Lynn Harris
912-264-7333  Clerk, Hofwyl Plantation SHS